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Edwards 1920 Census
Burton Howe, Hattie May, Alberta, Burton William, and Crawford - Detroit, Michigan
Edwards 1930 Census
Hattie May with her son's Crawford and Burton
Burton's Draft Registration Card
Conklin 1930 Census
My grand aunt Lois and Cecil Conklin and his wife Alberta Edwards Conklin living in Detroit, Michigan
Massachusetts Vital Records - from the New England Historical Genealogical Socity (NEHGS)
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My grandmother - Alberta Catherine Edwards was born on January 2, 1910 - conflicting research has her born in either Wallingford, Connecticut or Detroit, Michigan.
She was the daughter of Hattie May Bennett (see Bennett page) and Burton Howe Edwards.
There are also some conflicting family stories that perhaps Burton Howe Edwards changed his name to some deriviation of the name that he was known by. Whether rumor or fact - I've not been able to find him in any records pre-1918.
Hattie May and Burton Howe Edwards lived in Detroit, Michigan and had three children.
Alberta Catherine Edwards Conklin Garst
Burton William Edwards, and
All of the children were named after peaches - that is the family lore.
Burton Howe was a commercial artist and worked for Joseph Mack. Joseph Mack was the owner of a celebrated advertising agency at the turn of the 20th Century and did some publications for Henry Ford as well as some other well known organizations.
(click here to a sample of the work turned out by the Joseph Mack Printing House in Detroit, Michigan: 1912 Studebaker Sales Brochure,). Incidentally, Joseph Mack purchased a parcel of land in Bloomfield Township, Michigan. The site of the Oakland Hills Country Club, built in 1918 - Joseph Mack was the first president of the club (Read More Here).
Unfortunately for Burton's family - Burton (elder) died young around 1920 and left his wife with three children to raise.
Hattie May Bennett Edwards was born to William W. Bennett and Maria Catharine (nee Mussells) on May 1, 1880 (Vol. 315, p. 93, Mass. Vital Records) in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Hattie, by all accounts, was a very proud woman and well put together. She worked to support her children after her husband passed and was "always well dressed" when ever she was about town.
I found Hattie in the 1880 Census as a baby and also in the the 1900 Census living with her mother (Maria Catherine Mussells/Mussels Bennett) in Boston. Hattie's father, William W. Bennett, died in 1885 and at age 19 Hattie was working as a stenographer/Typist.
I lose Hattie in the 1910 Census - then pick her back up in the 1920 Census with Burton living in Detroit.
Her only daughter, Alberta, married Cecil Charles Conklin around 1929 and they had 2 surviving children out of five. Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce around 1939 and Alberta and Cecil moved on.
Around 1965, Alberta got married again to a Winton Wiley Garst - of the Virginia Garst family.
Hattie's and Burton's son's were well respected in the Detroit area and have many surviving descendants.